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Emigh, Janks Turn Georgeff Day Into Their Own
Meet’s Leading Jock Inches Closer to Milestone Victory
Hawthorne’s leading jockey Chris Emigh entered Saturday’s Phil Georgeff Festival of Racing loaded for bear. He was named to ride the morning-line favorite in all six stakes events, with Christine Janks slated to saddle four of them.
Emigh didn’t disappoint, capturing three stakes races, two for Janks, moving within one victory of 2,500 for his career in the process.
Arbaway Farm & Carson Springs Farm’s Pretty Jenny captured her third consecutive victory, riding the rail to a four-length tally in the $87,825 Powerless Handicap. The Janks-trained daughter of Pioneering, who defeated open rivals in the Fit For a Queen and the Safely Kept stakes at Arlington Park this summer, covered the six furlongs over a track rated good in 1:11.31.
“There was a lot of speed in there and I just wanted to be able to hold my position on the rail,” said Emigh. “In the turn, I had plenty of horse under me.”
Longshot Trout River Red rallied to get up for second, two lengths clear of Storm Rolling Red, who finished third in the eight-horse race.
Sent off as the 4-5 favorite, Pretty Jenny paid $3.60, $2.60 and $2.40. Trout River Red returned $17.20 and $8.80. Storm Rolling In paid $5.40.
Emigh and Janks were back in the winner’s circle two races later following Arbaway Farm & Carson Springs Farm’s Stop a Train victory in the $89,550 Illini Princess Handicap. The 4-year-old daughter of Devil His Due rallied from off the pace to capture the mile and a sixteenth race in 1:46.64.
“Christine is making me look good right now,” Emigh said. “When you ride good horses you just try to keep them out of trouble. This horse ran a good race. I was a little closer than I wanted to be but she hung in there and won the race. This horse just never gives up.”
“They're just very late developing,” Janks said when asked about the improvement Stop a Train made between her 3-and 4-year-old season. “Her mother, A Kiss Away, has had great babies. Sunset Kisses was her first and now this one. They just come around late and don't get their mind on racing but we don't mind waiting if they all turn out like this. She has a van slot ready for her, too, on Wednesday.”
Stop a Train was dispatched at odds of 9-10 and paid $3.80, $2.60 and $2.10. Lampoon finished second in the seven-horse line-up and paid $8 and $3.80. It was another 3 ¼-lengths back to Dyna Slam who returned $2.60.
A slow start couldn’t keep Emigh from notching his third stakes win of the day in the $94,800 Showtime Deb Stakes aboard Richard Rudolph & Michael Vranich’s Magnetic Miss, overtaking Rich N Clever in the final stride of a six-furlong contest clocked in 1:12.81.
“My horse broke a little tardy,” Emigh said. “I got up to them and we both were rolling real fast. Both horses (winner and runner-up Rich N Clever) were getting a little tired at the end but I never gave up and got there in the final strides. The main thing is to keep the horses relaxed. I'm just lucky to be on a lot of favorites on a big day.”
Stop a Train, the 9-5 favorite, paid $5.60, $3.60 and $2.60. Rich N Clever returned $6 and $4. Copper State paid $2.80.
With his other three stakes mounts, Emigh finished second. He wrapped up his day with a runner-up placing aboard the 7-10 favorite Wiggins in the High Alexander Handicap.
“I had a great day,” Emigh reflected. “They all ran good. I wish Wiggins would have won but I can’t get greedy. Three wins and three seconds…I’m happy.”
In other Festival races, J. S. Cubed Stable’s Out for a Spin, claimed two starts back for $25,000, overtook pacesetter Jimmy’s Boy in the stretch and held off a late rally by favored High Expectation to win the $85,875 Lightning Jet Handicap by three-quarters of a length under jockey E. T. Baird.
The Greg Geier-trained son of Distorted Humor covered the six furlongs in 1:11.07 and paid $34.40, $9.20 and $3.20.
“I didn't really think about this spot when I first claimed him, but when I looked and saw he got beat only a neck in this race last year, I decided to see what happens,” Geier said. “We backed off his training a little bit (since claiming him) and he responded. I know he likes this racetrack, and an ‘off’ racetrack.”
High Expectations was second in the seven-horse field and paid $3 and $2.10. Alabama Clay was third and returned $3.
Asiel Stable’s Caruso pressed the pace of favored Chillin Villain and overtook that rival inside the final furlong to win the $92,550 Sun Power Stakes by 3 ¾ lengths and remain undefeated in three trips to the post. Carlos Silva rode the 2-year-old son of Cape Canaveral covered the six furlongs in 1:11.18.
“He's a good colt,” said Silva. “We knew from the first time we ran the colt when he won so easy. Then he did the same thing at Fairmount (in the Troy Our Boy Stakes). I was a little worried about the 2-horse (favored Chillin Villain) but at the 3/8-pole when we going head and head, I knew I was going to get it.”
Caruso, second choice in the wagering at odds of 9-5, paid $5.80, $3.60 and $2.80. Chillin Villain returned $3 and $2.80. Scary Thoughts was third and paid $5.60.
In the day’s final stakes race, the $96,275 High Alexander Handicap, Gregory J. Fraterrigo’s Tenpointfive posted a wire-to-wire upset victory over 7-10 favorite Wiggins. The Mike Reavis-trained son of Richter Scale was ridden by Jerry LaSala and covered the mile and a sixteenth in 1:44.82.
“He looks like a grass horse because that’s what he was doing all summer, but he’s just a lot better than he used to be,” Reavis explained. “He’s trained well on dirt, so it was worth taking a shot. We claimed him for $14,000, and he’s been very good to us.”
A 21-1 longshot, Tenpointfive rewarded his backers with mutuels of $45.60, $16.60 and $8.80. Wiggins paid $2.60 and $2.10. Tally Up returned $2.60.
The 2006 fall Thoroughbred meet at Hawthorne Race Course runs September 15 through January 1 with live racing five days per week – Wednesday through Sunday (except Nov. 23). The dark days are Monday and Tuesday (except Oct. 9 and Jan.1). Post time on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday is 1:10 p.m. Friday post time through November 17 is 3 p.m., at which time it will revert back to 1:10 p.m. for the remainder of the meet.
Hawthorne’s races can be seen live on Horse Racing Television (HRTV). HRTV provides full, in-depth coverage of the current Hawthorne Race Course meeting, with complete post parades, and expert analysis from the network's hosts.
Hawthorne’s spring 2007 Thoroughbred meet will run February 23 thru May 3. The summer 2007 Standardbred meet will be held June 22 thru August 5. The fall 2007 Thoroughbred meet will run September 17 thru December 31.
For more information visit www.hawthorneracecourse.com.
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